On this day in music history: October 24, 1981 -…

On this day in music history: October 24, 1981 – “Don’t Stop”, the solo debut by Billy Idol is released. Produced by Keith Forsey, it is recorded at AIR Studios in London, Westlake Audio in Hollywood, CA and Musicland East Studios in Los Angeles, CA from September 1980 and July 1981. The four song EP is the first release from Idol following his departure from the UK punk band Generation X. It features his cover of the Tommy James & The Shondells classic “Mony, Mony” (a re-recorded live version hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1987), and a remixed, edited version of Gen X’s “Dancing With Myself” in which the music video (directed by Tobe Hooper) becomes an MTV airplay fave. The EP is issued on CD in 1989 and features Idol being interviewed by MTV VJ Martha Quinn. The disc goes out of print after just a few years, and to date, has not been reissued.  “Don’t Stop” peaks at number seventy one on the Billboard Top 200.